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Critique my planned rifle

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Unread 12-30-2009, 09:09 PM
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Re: Critique my planned rifle


I show you getting to 1000 yds with a 180 VLD with 1870 fps vel and about 1400 ftlbs of energy @ 5000' elevation which should be enough for a bull elk under the right conditions and circumstances. That's asuming a 3000 pfs MV with the 180 bullet. You have your priorites set, so a 7mm is the choice. I would still think about the RUM for 1k elk. It should give you an aditional 200 fps MV and with a good brake it shouldn't make a lot of difference in muzzle jump.

On the Husky scope, the reason I say it's a non-precision tool is because the BDC turret is calibrated for one particular set of conditions. a 1000' dif in elevation is equal to about 3" in drop. 1 inch of baro pressure is about equal to 1000' of elevation. For every 10* dif in temp you'll get about 1.5 inches of dif in drop. You can see how it starts to add up and that's not considering angle shots. You can get an MOA turret for it also to use real time dope for your drops at longer distances, angles, etc. But then you would be doing the switch out in the field unless you knew for sure which turret you needed in advance. For shorter ranges these affetcs are a good bit less. When you approach the 1000 yd mark, things start to multuply.

For the dif in $$$, I would go with a NF and if you really wanted a BDC turret, you can get them from Kenton Ind. On the budget options, I would consider Clearidge, Vortex or Sightron. A lot of folks seem to like the Leupolds, but I wonder if they are any better than some of the cheaper ones I mentioned? You will hear a lot of dif opinions. The NF scopes are a couple of notches above all of them.

And on the stock... the pillars are integrated into the full aluminum bed. At least om my HS stocks they are.

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Unread 12-31-2009, 06:30 PM
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I agree with chas1, Recoil is not an issue but killing elk efficiently at 1000 yards is. I think your asking to much for one rifle from marmots to elk. I have five 7mm STW's and it is a great round but when you start shooting a lot at varmints your barrel may not last very long. I think you would be better doing a 243 AI or such for varmints and a 338 cal 1000 yard elk rifle. I see where you are coming from with one rifle that can do it all and the 7STW is about the right spot but you begin stretching the limits in both directions. Overpowered barrel burner for 100's of shots at varmints on one end vs a little light for 1000 yard elk on the other. I have taken elk at over 1000 yards with a 7mm-300 wby which is the same thing as the 7 STW and hunted a lot with a guy who did the same with a 6.5-300 wby. So like Montana says, yes it will do the job but there are better choices. I can tell you that you will enjoy the 7 stw. It is a very accurate chambering and fun to shoot long range. It is about as good as any if your sights are set on one rifle from varmints to elk. I just ain't going to waste that much powder on a varmint. That stuff gets way more expensive every year.
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